Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Live Review :: High Tyde :: Scala, London - Nov 1 2016
November 1 2016
Words/Photos: Jess Sharrock
As indie four-piece High Tyde headlined their biggest (and sold out) show to date at Scala in London tonight, their strong army of - mainly teenage - fans descended on the capital to celebrate the growing success of the Brighton-based teens.
The young band have been making impressive waves (or tydes - sorry) in the music world, playing countless shows and festivals over the past few years, and tonight they pulled their live experience together to put on a show that was full of fun and high spirits, both on stage and amongst the crowd.
There is undoubtable chemistry between these guys, combining standard indie with electro elements they settle into a tight, energetic set showing they have a clear ability to produce infectiously great songs. Lead singer Cody Thomas-Matthews definitely channels his inner Foals in the style of Yannis Philippakis with a mid-set crowd surf, much to the delight of the excitable audience.
The songs here are a mix of old and new, including upbeat feel-good anthem 'One Bullet', 'Gold' and 'Speak', all from their EP ‘Real’. They also offer bangers like 'Do What You Want' (a personal favourite of mine), 'Talk To Frank', 'Feel The Vibes' and 'Wine', which shows a slower, sexier side to the band. They finish on the heavy synths and screeching guitar of ‘Dark Love’, a much rockier song for them: anthemic in sound and built on the resounding drums of Louis Semlekan-Faith. As the set comes to a close, despite enthusiastic 'one more song’ chants out front, High Tyde opt for the old adage of always leave them wanting more. And more is certainly what their fans want. Keep an eye on these guys; things are only going to get bigger and better for them.